2nd Congressional Debate

I admire that Chad Lee, who by all accounts, seems to be a very nice guy, has taken to the campaign trail and is running for Congress. It is not easy to run for any office, much less a national office against a well ingrained incumbent in a gerry-mandered district. Unlike Rebecca Kleefisch, he is not scared to debate. I admire that in him, however agreeing to a foreign policy only debate was probably not his best idea. Last night they appeared at a Global Affairs Forum organized by the United Nations Association-Dane County and nine other civic groups.

This exchange shows how his inexperience and why Baldwin is the better of the candidates.

One question dealt with the Millennium Development Goals, eight international development goals that all United Nations members and a number of international organizations have agreed to achieve by 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates and fighting disease epidemics like AIDS.

Lee didn’t answer the question but instead talked about his life.

“I am a business owner, and if you look at my track record of how I’ve run my life, how I’ve run my business and my home, a lot of the issues I face on a daily basis are complicated,” he said. “A lot of them are working with people from all different backgrounds – many different backgrounds, in fact.”

Baldwin, 48, pounced. “First, you start by knowing what the Millennium Development Goals are,” she said, laying out the specifics.

More on the debate here, and had Mr. Lee done a little research here, he would of found out that the Millennium Development Goals were not about his cleaning business in Mt. Horeb, but were these:

* Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
* Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
* Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
* Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
* Goal 5: Improve maternal health
* Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
* Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
* Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development


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